William Andrew Dillard
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE???
The title does not intend to copy the infamous remark of the former Secretary of State in her report to Congress about the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, but to the “Good Friday” fabrication of major Catholic and Protestant religions over the timing of the crucifixion of Jesus. Let us consider the facts as the Holy Word reveals them.
There is no clearer basis for figuring the time than two indisputable references in the Bible. The first is the statement that Jesus made that He would be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights, Matthew 12:40. The designation of day and night necessitates a solar day of 24 hours. The second reference is that the pre-dawn visitors to His tomb on the first day of the week found it already empty, John 20:1. From these two references safe calculations may be made. It should be kept in mind that the references were not made from the timing of Jesus’ death on the cross, but from His entombment.
Observing those points of basis for calculating the time, and respecting the Jewish designation for the beginning of a day at 6:00 p.m. instead of midnight, the following appears to be correct: Jesus was crucified on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. He released His spirit on the cross at 3:00 p.m. It was sometime after that when soldiers intending to break his legs, hastening His death found that he was already dead. Due to the next day being a special holy day in the Passover week, the Jews wanted all the bodies off the crosses and entombed before 6:00 p.m., the beginning of the new day. Some time was consumed in preparing Jesus body for burial, and getting permission for His entombment in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea. It is thus calculated that all these necessities were taken care of in the short time after Jesus’ death and the 6:00 p.m. deadline.
Thus, it is calculated that Jesus was entombed immediately before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and remained entombed until some unknown point in time after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. The women who came to the tomb while it was still dark on Sunday morning John 20:1,found that He was not there; He had already resurrected. These calculations do not make a play on pieces of a day, but fulfill literally the clear prophecy of Jesus about Himself; three days and three nights.
What difference does it make? Not much, except one is right and another is wrong. It is never right to be wrong! See what happens when a falsehood is accepted and propagated as truth? If this does not matter, why should anything else matter? We must ultimately believe the Bible or simply whatever sinners fabricate!